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The Debate: Independence or Partisanship

Finally, there is a much needed debate about the relationship that people who are working for progressive change should have with the Democratic Party—one that has existed at the edges, in email discussions and private conversations, but is now moving to center stage. And it includes the issue of a presidential run by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE



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South Sudan Becomes a Nation

After more than five decades of civil war that have seen millions displaced and killed, South Sudan seceded from the Arab-dominated north Saturday to become Africa’s newest nation. (more)

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tim Freccia

South Sudan Battles Rebels

New fighting erupted in Sudan’s recently declared autonomous southern half when rebel forces staged an attack on the city of Malakal. The battle comes as South Sudan counts down to its official secession on July 9.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pete Muller

Violence Dampens Southern Sudan’s Celebration

It was just last month that Sudan’s southern half voted to secede from its northern neighbor, but bloody clashes between south Sudan’s army and fighters loyal to a renegade soldier have reportedly left almost 140 people dead, most of them civilians.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pete Muller

South Sudan to Become World’s Newest Nation

While the outcome may have been a foregone conclusion, the official results are finally in: South Sudan has voted, with 99.57 percent in favor, to secede from the north.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Kosovo Goes to the Polls

With ethnic divisions still etched into the memories of its citizenry, Europe’s youngest democracy, Kosovo, is holding its first parliamentary elections since it formally declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.

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Belgium Unity ‘Close to the Abyss’

Electoral victories for Dutch-speaking separatists in Belgium have further shaken the fragile unity of the European country. Nationalist movements there continue to gain momentum, and this, analysts say, has pushed Belgium “close to the abyss” of permanent national division.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE



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ETA May Drop Arms

In a potentially historic development for Spain, the political wing of the ETA—the Basque separatist group—has announced it will call for the organization to lay down its arms after 40 years. Leaders of the wing are urging the organization, which has been in decline, to focus on bringing the issue of separatism back to the center of Basque politics.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hatem Moussa

The New State Solution

The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the result of Israel’s 42-year refusal to implement a two-state solution, leaves the Palestinians no option but to unilaterally declare an independent state.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


Russian Tanks in South Ossetia
AP / Musa Sadulayev

Chavez Recognizes Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, in Moscow shopping for military hardware, may have been fishing for a discount when he announced that Caracas would join Russia and Nicaragua in recognizing the independence of the breakaway Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The U.S., of course, is a strong supporter and ally of Georgia.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


Russian Tanks in South Ossetia
AP / Musa Sadulayev

Russia to Strengthen Presence In Abkhazia

Russia has announced it will spend half a billion dollars upgrading its military presence—reinforcing bases, strengthening borders—in Abkhazia, the breakaway region of Georgia that, along with South Ossetia, was a focal point in last year’s war between the two countries.

Posted on Aug 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Whitewashing Israeli History

Because if it’s not in the history books, it didn’t happen. Today’s Orwell Award goes to the Israeli government, whose education minister has decided to remove references to what Palestinians call the “catastrophe”—when Israel defeated five Arab nations in a 1948 war and expelled 700,000 Palestinians—from textbooks given to Arab schoolchildren.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Basque Militants Suspected in Car Bombing

In a continuation of the decades-long struggle between the Spanish government and those calling for independence of the Basque territories, a car bomb went off near a Bilbao television station Wednesday. No one was injured in the blast, which authorities believe was set off by the ETA, a militant Basque independence group.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008 READ MORE


The Cost of Saakashvili’s Folly

The West’s response to the situation in Georgia evades acknowledgement of the damage Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili has done to the United States and NATO, and to Georgia itself, which for the foreseeable future will now be a nation of limited sovereignty, and an awkward embarrassment to its Western allies.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Dmitry Lovetsky

Russia Backs Ossetia, Abkhazia Independence

Russia has formally recognized the independence of the two separatist Georgian states, prompting jeers abroad and cheers in the regions in question. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili rather theatrically compared the declaration to the conduct of Hitler and Stalin.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008 READ MORE


Pico Iyer and Open Road
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Pico Iyer on Tibet, China and the Dalai Lama

As opening day of the Beijing Olympics approaches, the Chinese government and official media have intensified their attacks on the Dalai Lama, blaming him for the recent violent demonstrations in Tibet. Pico Iyer, whose new book is “The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,” talks with Truthdig’s Jon Wiener about this intercultural conflict and about the Dalai Lama himself.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


Israel's 60th

Mosaic Report: Israelis Celebrate, Palestinians Demonstrate

Celebrations are under way this week to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel. While world leaders added their congratulations and support to heighten the festivities, over 20,000 Palestians (most of whom, as this Mosaic Intelligence Report points out, are Israeli citizens) marked the occasion with a protest march at the abandoned Palestinian village of Safouria.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


Morales y Garcia Linera
AP photo / Joao Padua

Opposition Calls for Referendum on Bolivia’s Morales

Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia, will face a confidence vote in the next 90 days as opposition groups continue their push to remove him from power. The vote comes on the tail of last week’s unofficial and meaningless referendum for autonomy in which the wealthy state of Santa Cruz voted for greater independence from the federal government.

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

Israel Turns 60

Israelis have begun celebrating their nation’s diamond anniversary with fireworks and public cheer. The Jewish state was founded shortly after World War II and has known almost constant conflict as well as remarkable growth in the decades since. Many Palestinians, who refer to the country’s founding as “the Catastrophe,” are preparing to mark the occasion with something less than delight.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Mugabe
AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Three Different Takes on the Zimbabwean Presidential Battle

Last month’s election in Zimbabwe is yet to be resolved. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai believes he defeated President Robert Mugabe fairly, but a recount and a runoff may happen before the contest is finally decided. Meanwhile, opposition supporters say Mugabe’s party is attacking them as he holds on to power. 

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Dalai Lama
AP photo / Gurinder Osan

Dalai Lama Threatens to Quit Over Tibet Crisis

Even though certain inherently prohibitive logistics make it impossible for the Dalai Lama to resign from his position as Tibet’s spiritual leader, that’s what he’s threatening to do insofar as he can if the tensions and violence in Tibet continue to escalate.

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Serbian PM Dissolves Parliament

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica dissolved his country’s parliament Saturday and said he would request new elections for May 11. The action followed a conflict between Kostunica and pro-Western President Boris Tadic on how Kosovo’s independence affects Serbia’s quest for membership in the European Union.

Posted on Mar 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Chinese Official:  Björk ‘Hurt Chinese People’s Feelings’

Pixieish provocateur Björk sparked the ire of Chinese officials by voicing her support for an independent Tibet at the close of her concert in Shanghai last Sunday. According to China’s Culture Ministry, the Icelandic chanteuse broke “Chinese law and hurt Chinese people’s feelings” by chanting “Tibet, Tibet” at the end of her protest song “Declare Independence.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE


Russia Stands With Serbia

Russia and the U.S. are picking sides in the conflict over Kosovo’s bid for independence from Serbia. Washington’s support of Kosovo led to last week’s protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, and now Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who may well be next to lead Russia, has reaffirmed that his country will stand behind Serbia. Medvedev commented Monday during a visit to Belgrade.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


Kosovo Could Start a Trend

The Mosaic Intelligence Report examines several statements from Palestinian officials and asks whether the Palestinians, with their own unique problems, are planning to follow Kosovo’s example by making a unilateral declaration of independence.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Protesters Set Fire to U.S. Embassy in Belgrade

A demonstration of about 150,000 people near the American Embassy in Belgrade turned riotous Thursday when protesters opposed to Kosovo’s bid for independence from Serbia stormed the embassy and set fire to its façade.

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE



Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria

World Leaders Struggle With Kosovo Independence

Kosovo’s declaration of independence has prompted both condemnation and cheers from world leaders. Whether in the U.N. Security Council or the European Union, global opinion is divided. In particular, the declaration has served as a flashpoint for tension between the United States and Russia, an ugly reenactment of the kind of jockeying for influence that was supposed to have been buried with the Cold War.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


America’s Birthday Grab Bag

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America 7-4-07: Don't let them get mixed up! You won't be able to tell who deserves ridicule and who deserves praise. Happy 231st birthday!
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Springtime for Kurdistan

The semiautonomous northern region of Iraq is an island of relative stability in an ocean of turmoil. If America does not support Kurdistan’s independence, we may well lose our best shot of having a desperately needed secular ally in the region. New America Foundation fellow Parag Khanna, just back from the area, reports.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


Sugar in the Gas Tank

As part of its drive toward energy independence, Brazil has encouraged the use of cars that run on any combination of ethanol and gasoline.  More than 2 million of the flex-fuel cars have now been sold in the country, accounting for 77% of the market.

Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


American Flags
Left: From the Bergen County Record; right: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Waving the American Flag

Phew!
What a past few years it has been for the American flag ... embraced throughout the world after the Sept. 11 attacks; denounced throughout the world not long after; subject to a Republican attempt to make it fireproof during the last two national election cycles….
So with flags waving high during this Fourth of July, Truthdig invites its readers to reflect in the comments box on the nature of patriotism and nationalism. Here are some primers from E.J. Dionne, Howard Zinn and John Kerry (more)

Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: King George, Dethroned

As we celebrate our Independence Day, let us thank the Supreme Court for granting us deliverance from the tyranny of a president who tried to fashion himself king.

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: For More Women, Man’s Looks More Important Than His Money

Researchers from the UK have found that as women make more money themselves, they value a man’s physical attractiveness more highly than his financial status.

Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


addicted
Illustration by Karen Spector

Kicking the Oil Addiction: Bush Lied, Again

Cut imports? Medicare savings? Just kidding! As one White House official confessed, they just fib for your benefit. 

Posted on Feb 6, 2006 READ MORE


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